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Tourists stranded as Thailand airport protests continue

So when a bunch of anti-government protesters in Thailand blockaded Bangkok's two main airports last week, I didn't even blog about it. I figured this will be over in less than 24 hours. I was wrong. I just couldn't admit it because each day I kept saying this is not a crisis, everything will return to normal. Not so.

A week later, more than 200,000 tourists are stranded (mostly Britons) and airlines are busing passengers to smaller airports 100 miles or more away from Bangkok - places like Phuket. Tourism officials are using a convention center to check-in passengers, who must arrive 7 hours prior to their flight departure time.

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There are some news reports today that say the protesters will leave by tomorrow after the ruling party officials were ordered to step down. Yesterday, Thai officials said the airport would remain closed until Dec. 15. I'm just waiting for everything to return to normal. But if you have holiday travel plans for Thailand, I wouldn't wait to check with your travel agent or airline.

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